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All international students must have valid health insurance while in Norway. The University of Bergen does not provide liability insurance for students.

Health Insurance

Students travelling to Norway are required to obtain valid travel and medical insurance for their entire stay in Norway. In some cases students can become members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.  

To find out if you can become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme or if you should have a social security coverage from your home country, please visit their website "Foreign students in Norway".

You can also check the Health insurance information given by Study in Norway.

Please note that students  must have a valid health insurance from their home country while waiting for a membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

Students from outside EU/EEA/EFTA

Stay between 3-12 months

If you will be staying in Norway between 3 and 12 months, you may be entitled to a voluntary membership in the National Insurance Scheme. Students can apply for voluntary membership after obtaining their residence permit.

The application form must be handed to the local social security office.

For more information: https://www.nav.no/en/Home/

Please note that if you are not entitled to apply for a voluntary membership, you must have health insurance from your home country.

Stay for more than 12 months

If you are admitted to study at UIB  for more than 12 months you are automatically a member of the Norwegian National insurance Scheme. The membership entitles you to health services on an equal basis with Norwegian residents. A valid residence permit for the period in question is required. The Norwegian National Insurance Scheme covers the cost of regular medical consultations, with the exception of a nominal fee which must be paid by the patient. The scheme also covers hospitalization in Norway. 

Health Insurance for Students from EU/EEA/EFTA Countries

Students from an EU/EEA/EFTA country, are required to submit documentation of health insurance in order to prove their right to residency in Norway. Health insurance can be documented by European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance to cover any medical expenses you might incur during your stay in Norway.

Other Types of Insurance (travel and liability)

We also strongly recommend all students to have other types of insurance, such as travel insurance in connection with field trips or holidays.

1.A general (non-life) insurance, to cover you for injuries to yourself or damage to your belongings.

2. Liability insurance, to cover you for injuries or damage that you may cause to other people or to property.

In addition, you may consider insurance against accidental death, especially if you have children or other dependants.

Please note that it is your own responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with, your study period in Norway.